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Families with Children from China Heritage Tours
The Families with Children from China Heritage Tours are a part of the China Overseas Exchange Association cultural exchange program that, since the early 1980s, has hosted thousands of students of Chinese heritage from Chinese schools around the world. Beginning in 2004, the Heritage program expanded to include not only Chinese school students, but also adopted Chinese American children, whether or not they are enrolled in a Chinese school. http://www.chinaheritagetours.org

Children’s Hope International
Return to China homeland tours. Trips are currently scheduled for June, July and October of this year. All adoptive families and friends are invited to return to China to reintroduce adopted children to the land of their birth. The Great Wall, the terra cotta warriors of Xi’an, the panda preserve in Chengdu and our own House of Hope in Beijing are among the many exciting stops planned for returning families. A visit to your child’s orphanage wil be a most important part of your trip.   http://www.childrenshopeint.org/homelandtours

Chinese Cultural Exchange and Homeland Tours

Provides a variety of tours, as well as Volunteer opportunities to Restore the Great Wall and Save the Pandas (co-sponsored by China Friendship Association, a non-government organization in Beijing). New for 2014 is a 10 day trip to Beijing, Xi'an and Huxian with an exciting opportunity to work for four days in an orphanage in Xian. This program is ideal for families with adopted Chinese children ages 13 and up. You will help provide care for infants and toddlers by feeding, cleaning, playing and cooking for them. A chance to work directly with China’s Social Welfare Institute.Details at  www.MingsChina.com

LOTUS Travel Tours

Provides variety of homeland heritage tours. Specializing in adoption travel for over a decade, Lotus Travel is devoted to helping Asian orphans find permanent loving homes, while easing the stress of adoptive families during last-minute travel planning, offering meaningful and memorable homeland heritage tours, and introducing the authentic and inspiring Asian culture to families who adopted children from Asia, their relatives and friends. http://www.lotustours.net/travel/for_American.html

Red Thread Tours and Services

Provides heritage tours for adoptive families with children from China. Founded by Danling Cai, who was born and raised in Beijing, China.  She and her family have lived in Minnesota for more than twenty years and have been working in the international adoption field for the last seventeen years.  Danling's rich knowledge about China and its children, her many years of adoption experience, and her professional relationships in China have enabled these tours to be a good mix of sightseeing and cultural exposure.  http://redthreadtour.org/

The TIES Program-- Adoptive Family Homeland Tours and World Ties-Providing Global Humanitarium Aid

For more than 17 years in twelve countries, the Hallmark of The Ties Porgram: has been the ability to create an experience that allows you to travel with a community of adoptive families and trained professionals, and at the same time, have your individual family dreams and needs met. Heritage journeys are available to Cambodia, China, Chile, Guatemala, India, Korea, Peru, Paraguay, The Philippines, Russia, Romania and Vietnam.  Programs opening in Colombia, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan. www.adoptivefamilytravel.com

Sun Travel USA

Return to China with Sun Travel USA. We custom-build affordable tours of China for families and student groups. With experience going back to 1996, our guides are adoption experts who help families from the US bring home children every week. Over the years, we have formed close relationships with social welfare institutes all across China, making us great at arranging your orphanage visit. We understand the needs of adoptive families and are very flexible in building your trip. www.suntravelusa.net for sample tour itineraries, travel tips, and testimonials from families like yours!

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